|Grapes||Pinot Noir, Chardonnay|
|Origin||France, Non Vintage Rosé|
Similar approach to the Grand Cru Tradition, except that there is Coteaux Champenois rouge in the cuvée. Pale pink in colour, vibrant, elegant and immensely elegant this is one of the best rose champagnes on the market.
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The Non-Vintage Rose is a bright salmon colour, with a Burgundian-like nose of cherries, strawberries, and flowers. Deep yet delicate, dry, zesty, vibrant flavours cut a full impression on the palate. Readers should also note the uniformity of the tiny pinpoint bubbles. This is a dazzling rose to drink over the next 4-5 years.
93/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.eRobertParker.com
(48 months on its lees; disgorged July, 2006) Dark onion-skin color with a lively mousse. Subtly earthy on the nose, with strawberry, redcurrant, baked apple and ripe pear aromas accented by a smoky nuance. Pleasingly light and brisk, with precise, racy red fruit and ripe citrus flavors. Nervy and sharply focused on the back end, finishing with good lift and a lingering suggestion of white pepper. This is really suave.
91/100 Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
The NV Brut Rosé is a rich, weighty wine that blossoms on the palate with a multi-dimensional, textured expression of fruit. The wine possesses striking minerality and nuance which paints a very complete picture of how great rosé Champagnes can be. Simply put, this is an utterly beautiful wine readers will not want to miss.
92 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com
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Francis Egly is the current fourth-generation head of Ambonnay Champagne grower-producer Egly-Ouriet. He is against 'vins stereotypés', believing that his mission is 'to please but also to surprise', and insisting that 'the biggest mistake in Champagne is to go against nature'. With the exception of the Pinot Meunier vines in Vrigny, the 9 hectare estate is exclusively Grand Cru, stretching across Ambonnay, Bouzy and Verzenay. Pinot Noir is planted on 7 ha, Chardonnay on 2 ha, and the average age of the vines is more than 35 years. The exposure of many of the vines is south or south east, which gives exceptional ripeness, while the poverty of the shallow and chalky subsoil give a strong mineral streak. The already high natural ripeness levels are raised higher still by the green-harvesting. Egly is adamant that acidity is not fundamental, and almost always sufficient, while bitterness is always fatal. An advocate of 'lutte raisonée' he avoids all insecticides, uses only organic fertilisers and continues to plough as his predecessors have always done.
Pink bubbles - how delightfully decadent is that? And it doesn't come more delightfully decadent and pink and fizzy than Rosé Champagne. Some of Champagne's most interesting wines are those made by the smaller 'grower' producers. Witness the Pinot heavy wines of Barnaut in Bouzy and the iconic Egly-Ouriet in Ambonnay, and the mostly Chardonnay R&L Legras from Chouilly. And for sheer 'wow' appeal, there is the extraordinary 100% Pinot Noir rosé de saignée from Larmandier-Bernier at Vertus. Of the more famous names, there is a deserved cult following for Billecart-Salmon Rosé - drier than its rivals with a freshness to the fruit that is delightful. And for luxury, there is the 2009 Vintage Louis Roederer Rosé Champagne - a small amount of wood ageing and longer time on the lees for a touch more complexity and ageing ability.
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